Canisius College Director of Athletics Bill Maher announced today that Keith Vinci has been named the school's new head strength and conditioning coach. Vinci replaces Jon Rowan, who recently left the College for a similar position at Davidson.
Vinci joins the Canisius staff after working at the Moore Physical Therapy Center in Wilton, Conn., where he was responsible for all aspects of personal training, group exercise, nutrition and clinical athletic training. He joined the staff at the Moore Physical Therapy Center after he served as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, he worked with a number of teams, including men's and women's basketball, track and field and swimming and diving. He helped build several Pitt Panther student-athletes in national qualifiers and All-Americans.
Vinci served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Canisius during the 2007-08 academic year. In his previous stay in Buffalo, Vinci worked directly with Canisius' lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, golf, swimming and diving and cross country programs. He also developed the department's strength and conditioning internship program in an effort to help develop future strength and conditioning professionals.
A 2006 graduate of Southern Connecticut State, he earned his master's degree in exercise science with a concentration in human performance and injury prevention in 2010 from California University of Pennsylvania. Vinci, who is a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the NSCA and a certified strength and conditioning coach through the CSCCA, served in the United State Marine Corps from 1995-2003.